Seven Days in the Art World by Sarah Thornton is a look at seven components that make up this fascinating cultural sector: the art auction (Christie's), the art school crit (California Institute of the Arts), the art fair (Art Basel), the art prize (the Turner), the art magazine (ArtForum), the studio visit (Takashi Murakami) and the Biennale. While Thornton does not claim to offer an in-depth look at all aspects of the art world, she has given her audience a glimpse into areas that are not often accessed by those on the periphery. Thornton takes a look at a variety of players in the art game: collectors, dealers, artists, curators, art historians, critics and writers. Well-written in plain language, this book is an absolute page-turner for anyone with an interest in contemporary arts.
Hardcover, 304 pages. W.W. Norton & Co., 2008. $16.47 at Amazon.